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Contributing Writers: D. Hodari Brooks, MD Steve Dowell Becky Griffin Iain Jenkins Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Home Improvement Research Institute Precious White Our Town Media Group Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2011, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

About the Cover...........................................................5, 24 Health & Fitness: Stress and Blood Pressure.....................6 Family Focus: Common Sleep Problems in Children.....8 Calendar of Events..................................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: Life Coaching for Parents......................12 Medical: Doctor My Knee Hurts...................................17 Home Improvement: Winterize Your Home.................18 Home & Design: Choosing an Electric Heater..............19 Finance: What Your Credit Report is Used For...........21 Feature Photographer: Slava & Sarah Slavik................24 Community: Habitat For Humanity..............................25 Travel: 5 Worst Planning Mistakes................................27 Pets: Training Suggestions...............................................29 January Crossword..........................................................30 What’s Cookin’: National Soup Month........................30

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atharina grew up in a small German village. Her fondest memories include assisting her Grandmother in her baking. Little did she know, those special moments would lead her to her future career. Katharina and her mom, Christine, moved to Dallas in the late 90s. Her mother worked two jobs and studied to become a massage therapist. Katharina home schooled herself online through James Madison High School, but the lessons she learned from her Grandmother held fast. Katharina became passionate about her baking and decorating. For fun, she began baking and decorating cakes for friends and family. She read everything she could and taught herself the very high end decorating methods of using fondant and making flowers from gum paste and sugar. To understand more about the requirements of a pastry career, Katharina contacted top cake decorator, Chef Browen Weber of the Frosted Art Bakery in Dallas, Texas. “Chef Weber gave me advice, and told me how much hard work it would be to attain success in the Pastry/Cake world” Katharina says, “but she believed in my abilities and told me to go for it.” Katharina began working in the Publix bakery on East Paulding Drive and enrolled in the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. The Le Cordon Bleu program is highly paced, and includes teaching an extensive range of techniques, ranging from traditional and classic baking and pastry, to the newest innovations in the field. The program allows students to cultivate their skills in order to meet the high demand in the competitive food-service industry. Part of the final stages of her studies included an externship. Katharina was fortunate enough to head from Dallas, Georgia to Dallas, Texas to work with Chef Weber.

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Katharina graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with Summa Cum Laude honors. She was also recognized for perfect attendance. “I sat down before I started and wrote down the goals I wanted to attain. I wanted to graduate with a 4.0 average and never miss a minute of any class. Through a lot of hard work, my amazing mother’s help and the grace of God, I achieved them.” Katharina returned home and has since honed her skills as a pastry professional.

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he Holidays are finally over, and now you can take a breath and slow down... well, until you get the credit card bills from Santa ... and, until you start your diet ... and, until you start worrying about keeping your New Year’s Resolutions ... and, the list goes on and on! Let’s face it; the American lifestyle is full of worries and frustrations, and “busy-ness.” This takes a toll on your body and may negatively affect your blood pressure. It’s important to know that you can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. As many as 1 in 4 adults have high blood pressure (hypertension). Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease and was known as the primary or contributing cause of death for 360,000 Americans in 2010. This “silent killer” can be evil or it can be controlled when easily detected with a quick blood pressure check.

Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can cause health problems if it stays high for a long time.

Y Smoking Y Alcohol: Drinking more than 1-2 drinks per day can

High blood pressure has many risk factors. Some you can control and some you can’t. These risk factors include:

elevate your blood pressure. Y Stress: I’ve found that in my “busy-ness” of being a mom, wife and working woman my body is stressed even if I don’t feel like or think I am.

Y Age: As your age increases, so does your risk of high blood pressure. Y Race: African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure than Caucasian Americans.

There are many treatment options available should your doctor find that you do, in fact, have high blood pressure. Many times, hypertension can be lowered by weight loss, exercise and eating a more healthy diet. Many times though, high blood pressure will require you to take medication. Generally, medication therapy does give the patient very good results.

Y Diabetes: About 60% of folks who have diabetes also have high blood pressure. Y Hereditary: High blood pressure can run in families. The risk can increase even more when heredity is combined with unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking cigarettes and eating a poor diet. Y Sodium: Too much salt is bad for your blood pressure. Most Americans should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. Sodium is typically high in packaged and processed foods. Y Weight: The more you weigh the more blood you need to get oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. As the volume of blood circulated through your blood vessels increases, so does the pressure on your artery walls. Y Lack of exercise

So have your blood pressure checked regularly, and for goodness sakes, don’t stress about it. Just get it checked and if need be, make an appointment with your doctor so you can get a start on taking the necessary steps to get it under control. This information provided by Becky Griffin, co-owner of Ashlyn Drugs, located on the corner of 278 and Old Harris Rd (Humpback Road), Dallas. For more info on blood pressure medications, call 770-443-0205.

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Common Sleep Problems in Children By Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP



ealthy children with bad sleep habits can be molded into better sleepers through persistence, consistency and patience. However, there are some common sleep problems that must be addressed for the health of the child and the family.


Fifty percent of preschoolers experience occasional nightmares that disturb sleep - their parents and their own. The more concerning Nightmare Disorder involves frightening or unpleasant dreams that disrupt the child’s sleep several times a week and cause distress in daily life. Loss of control or fear of injury is a common theme of nightmares. The child is usually a calm sleeper but wakes up stressed, calms down and then remembers what the dream is about. These children often wake their parents because they need comfort.

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Why nightmares occur is not known. Seven percent of children who experience nightmares have a sibling or parent who experienced nightmares. Nightmares are more common in children with ADHD and autism. Reassure your child and continue with a consistent, pleasant bedtime routine. See your pediatric healthcare provider if the nightmares continue more than one or two weeks.


Night terrors are distinctly different from nightmares. Children with night terrors experience extreme panic resulting in intense crying and fear during sleep. These children are unresponsive to those trying to comfort them. Waking a child from a night terror is difficult and there is no memory of the dream. Night terrors are frightening for the family to observe but ensuring the child’s safety and allowing him or her to work through the night terror and return to peaceful sleep is the best way to handle it.


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Stress in children can lead to occasional insomnia, the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep through the night. An occasional difficulty sleeping is not concerning and should resolve itself. More children than ever are being diagnosed with special needs neurological disorders, including ADHD, clinical depression, autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. These children are very likely to experience frequent insomnia which will greatly exacerbate symptoms of their disorder. If you think medications are contributing to your child’s sleep problems, discuss this with your child’s healthcare provider.



It is estimated that 12% of preschool children snore and the majority of those children are healthy. In contrast, children who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) usually have disrupted and restless sleep filled with short pauses, snorts or gasps in their sleep. Children with OSAS may have daytime sleepiness, behavioral problems, attention problems or learning difficulties in school. These children may also have chronic mouth breathing, hyponasal speech, and high blood pressure. OSAS has been attributed to obesity in children and adults. If you suspect your child has OSAS, videotape your child’s sleep and consult your child’s healthcare provider. Treatment options include the removal of enlarged tonsils and adenoids by an ENT specialist; controlling allergies by avoidance and medications such as nasal sprays; and helping an overweight child to lose weight. A nighttime masked airway treatment (CPAP) is an option for children who continue to have OSAS after the other treatments.

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FREE TUTORING - New Georgia Public Library Mondays and Thursdays; 4:30pm - 5:30pm South Paulding High School BETA Club will be sponsoring free tutoring sessions for elementary and middle schoolers. Register in advance by calling the library 770-459-8163.  The library is located at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas, 30157. 2012 CONCERT MIDSEASON AUDITIONS From now to Mid-January – West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society The West Atlanta Douglas Choral Society is holding midseason auditions for the upcoming Easter Concert in March. For more info contact, Sue Nantz, Secretary at 404-732-7301 or Waverly Rainey, Conductor at 770-920-1662.

2012 SPRING YOUTH BASEBALL SEASON REGISTRATION Now through January 14; Online Registration January 7 and 14; Saturday 10am to noon - Onsite Registration Baseball registrations for boys and girls, ages 4 to 18. Fees vary depending on the age. All registration fees, age group information, and additional information are posted at Come join one of the best youth baseball programs around!

PAULDING COUNTY WRITERS’ GUILD* January 3 and February 7; 1st Tuesday of the month; 6pm-8pm For more info and meeting location call Dana Freeman, 678-662-1948. SCREENWRITER’S GROUP* - Starbucks in Hiram January 3 and February 7; 1st Tuesday of the month; 3pm Visit on line and email if attending; AMERICAN SLEEP APNEA/GA CHAP A.W.A.K.E. SUPPORT GROUP January 3 and February 7; 1st Tuesday of each month; 7pm-9pm Meetings are held at the WellStar Paulding Hospital 1st floor conference room. For more information call Ann L. (Pickett) Croft at 770-445-2417 or 770-331-3088. PARENTS OF PRODIGALS - Mt. Calvary Baptist Church* January 4 and January 18; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7pm-8:30pm A Christian group for parents with prodigal children. MCBC is located at 287 Mt. Calvary Road in Marietta. Call 770-424-4387 for more information. PAULDING CHAMBER - GEORGIA POWER LUNCHEON Paulding County Senior Community Center January 5; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote speaker KSU Athletic Director, Vaughn Williams. $20/members, $25/nonmembers prepaid; $5 more at the door). For info visit or call 770-445-6016 MOM’S CLUB OF DALLAS AND HIRAM* - Bethany Christian Church January 5 and February 2; 1st Thursday of each month 10am MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support). Meetings are held at 3264 Villa Rica Hwy (Hwy 61) Dallas. For more information email “BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER” - Home Depot in Hiram January 7; 9am – 12pm Help our community and our environment! Bring your live Christmas tree to Home Depot in Hiram for recycling! Call the store for details 770-439-0707


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Life Coaching for Parents


ife coaching is not just for individuals looking for personal improvement in career, social, or financial areas of life. Life coaching is also extremely effective in putting families back on track. Many life coaches are finding themselves working with parents (or the family as a unit) to help parents create the relationship they want with their kids.

Parents feel lost and stuck. They are not sure what else they can do to improve their relationship with their child, to get their teen to listen, and have a happy well-adjusted household. They’ve tried many methods and they know which of the parenting techniques are not working for them but are not sure what to do next. Coaching for these parents is about recognizing negative patterns, re-establishing the bond they have with their children and setting up some new rules.

Life coaching is not only for parents in crisis who are in dire need of outside intervention. Many parents would agree their family is functioning well, however, they recognize there are a few areas that could use some buffering. Most parent clients usually come for one of the reasons below:

Parenting was not meant to be hard and it certainly wasn’t meant to leave parents feeling lost, confused, feeling like a failure and unfulfilled. Parenting today is not what it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even 20 years ago. The challenges parents face today are different than the challenges their parents faced. For economic reasons, many households have both parents working outside the home; some operate their own business from their home, however, feel tight with time and are unable to give their kids the time and attention they require.

Parents know the type of relationship they want to have with their children but have a hard time reaching that point. It is not uncommon for parents to feel inadequate and hopeless. Coaching for these parents is about inspiration and reassurance to follow their natural instinct.



with food, shelter, and sport and educational opportunities. Although all of these are VERY important, there is more to it than that.


When parenting, consider these 3 areas: Attachment: The strength of the bond you have with your child is extremely important and will determine how well your child is willing to listen to you and cooperate. If your child does not feel bonded to you and is more attached to his peers, he will be more likely to follow their example than yours.


Personal insecurities: Many of our personal insecurities stem back from our own childhood and they affect how we parent our kids. Whether we push them into activities they are not interested in, or push them to keep performing better and better each time, or try to relive our life through our kids it all provides incredible pressure on kids that can lead them to rebellion.


Observation and communication: Be present (physically and mentally) so you can observe your child, be alert to self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviour, and be alert to anything that may be going on outside the home. Have an open line of communication so your child feels free to speak to you without feeling judged or belittled; approach topics with an open mind.


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Now, in Acworth, GA, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. & Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5S1 herniations. If you’ve had disc problems for years, recently injured your back, or you’re suffering with sciatica, you must hear about these new studies. Scientific studies tell us that spinal discs are responsible for most of the aches and pains people suffer from. Discs act like a cushion between our backbones and allow for a space at each level so the nerves can exit the spinal column. When these discs get injured or wear out from bad posture, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. If the herniations occur at L4-L5, they can severely compromise the large sciatic nerve, causing muscle weakness, tingling, and severe pain. The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations is surgery. This costs quite a bit of money. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. The recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgery. But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.) Before You Go Under The Knife And Opt For Spinal Surgery… You should seriously consider a less invasive approach called spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a new technology that has been proven to reverse disc herniations. It creates a vacuum effect on the disc, which pulls the disc back into its normal position and brings in a fresh blood supply to promote healing. Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: u A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back u Sitting causes back or leg pain u Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck u Can’t turn over in bed without hurting u Numbness in your toes or fingers u Fire down your legs u Searing pain radiates into your arm u Prickling in your leg or toes Finally, Some Good News…… If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told: p Try exercising p Try physical therapy p Try pain medications

p Try muscle relaxers p Try pain shots p Try dangerous back surgery p Just live with it If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.” How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few. It’s kind of like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines). Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics show over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain some time in their life. Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in a while I even catch a patient sleeping during treatment! How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought…”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart…I would feel a whole lot better.” Yeah, we know you have. And it kind of makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls your apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! You’ll simply lie on your stomach or back, whichever is comfortable, and then a specialized belt is gently put around your waist. We’ll set the machine to focus on your problem area – then the advanced decompression computer system will do the rest. Most patients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all there will be no dangerous drugs, no invasive procedures, and no painful exercises.

Does Decompression really work? Absolutely! When you come in we will provide you with studies that show why decompression is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof” on how well decompression works is what patients say about it. Just Listen to What Our Patients Had to Say: “I came into the office with neck, low back and knee pain. I had been suffering with this pain for 33 years. The pain had gotten so bad I could hardly move. When I came to the office my neck pain was a 9 on a 1-10 scale (10 being the worse) and now is a 0. My back pain was a 10/10 and is now a 1. I am so happy with the success I have had with my treatment. I now have more self approval and I am more confident.” Thanks, Dennis Duckworth I had been suffering with back pain for years when I first started treatment. I had sharp pain that would shoot up my spine and to into my right shoulder. It hurt to walk or lift anything. I can now stand for longer periods of time, walk without much pain at all and have more mobility. I already feel 70% better and have not even finished my treatments yet. The staff here is very friendly and they care about my well being. I would recommend people in pain to just come into the office and do it. Your friend, Marilyn Godwin Before I started getting spinal decompression therapy I was having severe pain in my low back and numbness down my leg constantly. I had been suffering with this for 3 years. I had two nerve abrasions, multiple steroid shots in my back, pain killers, PT and water therapy and nothing worked. After the first spinal decompression treatment I could stand up straight with very little pain. I can now sleep through the night and exercise again. I am 90-100% better and I am so thankful I found this office. Thanks, John Ratledge As you can see, spinal decompression has a high success rate with helping disc herniations, sciatica, and back pain. In just a matter of weeks you could be back on the golf course, enjoying your love life, or traveling again. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Decompression Evaluation” we’ll be able to find the problem and then get to work on it. Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living, feel tight joints rest, relax, free up, muscles tied in knots will become more supple and strength in your muscles may increase. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without back pain – able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and finally get a good night’s rest.

For those suffering with herniated lumbar disc, a nonsurgical, drugless solution is helping patients be pain free The Single Most Important Solution To Your Sciatica and Back Pain It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your sciatic and back pain solution. For 15 days only, we’re running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression. You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like is has been for so many other patients. Until January 15th you can get everything listed here for $20. The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking us up on this offer. Here’s What To Do Now: Due to the expected demand for this treatment, we suggest calling our office at once at 770-668-6871

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OPEN HOUSE for Trinity Chapel Academy January 10; Tuesday 7pm Trinity Chapel Academy is in their 14th year of providing an excellence in education with a Kingdom focus for children grades K5 – 12. Located at 4665 Macland Road, Powder Springs. For more information, visit or call 678-831-1062. Other upcoming Open Houses - Feb 28th and March 27th at 7:00 pm. PAULDING 45 & OVER SINGLES CLUB ACTIVITIES* January 10; 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30pm – Ryan’s in Hiram Contact Lynn Mitchell at WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP – “WRITERS OF LIKE MIND”* January 11 and January 25; 2nd and 4th Wed. of the month; 6pm–7:30pm. Call Hank Somma for meeting location. 678-414-6146 or muse@lightband. com. ATLANTA BOAT SHOW – Georgia World Congress Center January 12-15; Thursday to Sunday The 2012 Atlanta Boat Show will feature one of the largest displays of fishing boats, cruisers, pontoon boats, house boats, and just about everything else you could imagine. A nice retreat from the winter ‘blahs’ for the whole family. Thurs-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 10am-9pm; and Sun 10am-6pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, FREE for children 15 and under. Visit for info. PAULDING PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB* – Downtown Dallas January 12 and January 26; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit

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KIDS CRAFT DAY at the LIBRARY - New Georgia Library January 14; Saturday 9am - 4pm Stop by the library to make snowflakes to take home. The library is located at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas, 30157; for more information call 770-459-8163. COBB EMC POWER BREAKFAST* – Paisano’s Italian Grill January 17; Tuesday 8am - 9am Focus on truly successful networking. 1305 Cedarcrest Road, Dallas. Buffet Breakfast $10/members, $15/non-members. For info visit or call 770-4456016. 24 hour cancellation is required with registration.


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PAULDING EXECUTIVE WOMEN LUNCHEON/OPEN MEETING January 19; Thursday 12pm - 1pm - Dallas Theater An opportunity for executive women to meet and share experiences and leadership through sharing and mentoring each other. $15 for lunch. Register by going through the event calendar at to call 770-445-6016.

Our resident children’s theatre company “The Main Street Players Kids” are back with this years’ musical “Peter Pan!”

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Join Peter & Wendy as they battle the nefarious Captain Hook in this adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s children’s classic “Peter Pan”. The Darling children are in for a quite an adventure with Peter and Tinkerbell as they meet the Lost Boys, Pirates & Indians in Neverland!

PAULDING COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TASK FORCE* January 20; 3rd Friday of each month from 12pm - 1pm Meetings held in lower level of the Paulding Chamber. Call 770-445-6016 for more information. LOCAL FILM PREMIER of “GET LOW”! - Dallas Theater & Civic Center January 21; Saturday - 6pm A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about a mysterious, 1930s hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive. Starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. This film was partly shot in New Hope, so come check out your friends and neighbors as extras in this movie on the BIG screen! Admission is FREE!! TEA PARTY at the LIBRARY - New Georgia Library January 26; Thursday 11:15am Stories, songs, and of course, tea! Open to ages 2 to 4. The library is located at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas, 30157; for more information call 770-459-8163.

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Doctor, My Knee Hurts: Please Help! By D. Hodari Brooks, MD


s a board certified practicing Orthopedic Surgeon in Atlanta, I treat a number of patients with a variety of knee injuries. The knee joint is one of the more common joints that patients damage. Some of the more common knee injuries and their respective treatments are:

Knee Sprains - this is the most common knee injury that I treat. The usual cause is a twisting injury that may or may not involve direct contact. Usual symoms include swelling and pain. Typically, the patient can walk, but with pain. These injuries will usually resolve with non operative treatment which includes rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications and often a cortisone, (steroid) injection. Duration of symptoms range from 2-6 weeks and patients usually make a full recovery. Meniscal Injuries - the meniscus is a circular band of cartilage that lies in-between the end of the femur, thigh bone, and the tibia, leg bone. Its primary function is to act as a shock absorber to the knee to help prevent injuries to the underlying surface of the knee joint. The meniscus is often injured in a non contact twisting mechanism. When the meniscus tears typical symptoms include pain, catching, locking and occasionally instability. The treatment for meniscal tears usually involves surgery. The meniscus can either be repaired in younger individuals or partially resected in older individuals. Surgery is typically done on outpatient basis and overall recovery ranges from 6-12 weeks depending on magnitude of the injury. ACL injuries - the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a large ligament in the front of the knee which helps stabilize it. Injuries usually occur from some form of non contact deceleration. Typical symptoms include a significant amount of knee swelling, pain, and instability. Often patients feel as if their knee is going to “give-out� when they walk. Treatment is somewhat dependent on age and activity level. For active patients less than 45, the best treatment is usually surgical and involves reconstruction of the ligament. This outpatient surgery is typically completed in 60-90 minutes, however, overall recovery can range from 8-10 months. For less active, older individuals then non-operative treatment involving bracing and physical therapy (PT) can be appropriate. MCL/LCL injuries - The medial and lateral collateral ligaments (MCL/LCL) are located on the inside and outside of the knee respectively and provide stability. When injured, the MCL can often be treated without surgery, and will typically improve with bracing, and physical therapy. The LCL however, often requires surgery for definitive fixation. In minor LCL injuries non surgical treatment can be effective. Patellar Dislocations - the patella, or knee cap, is the most common part of the knee that can be dislocated. This usually occurs from a twisting type injury, with or without contact. The patella will usually dislocate in a lateral or outside direction. This can be very painful and usually prevents the patient from walking. When it occurs the first time, the patient usually has to have the knee cap reduced by an ER doctor. After reduction, typical treatment involves the use of a protective brace for several weeks. Surgery is usually not indicated, unless individuals develop recurrent patellar dislocations. Fractures - when individuals sustain a direct blow to the knee of enough force, then a fracture (break) can occur. There is a wide range of treatment depending on the exact type of fracture present. Depending on the specific location and magnitude of the injury, surgical fixation with plates, screws, or rods may be necessary. Recovery depends on a number of factors; however, the typical fracture takes approximately 6 weeks to heal. Patients usually require several weeks of PT to complete the recovery process. For certain fractures non-operative treatment with braces and limited weight bearing can be effective. It is important to seek appropriate treatment early for these injuries so more serious injuries do not occur. The majority of knee injuries can be treated effectively without surgery, however for more serious injuries, surgery is usually necessary. The good news is that a full recovery can usually be made. Dr. Brooks is an orthopaedic surgeon at Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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omes react to weather changes, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry has tips that can help homeowners protect their homes this winter and prevent minor trouble spots from becoming major repairs. “Winter time in cooler regions presents a unique set of issues in the home that are not apparent during the summer,” says Bob Didier, of NARI. “Homeowners should inspect and repair both interior and exterior areas of their homes to minimize damage.”

Exterior winter maintenance

Didier recommends clearing debris from gutters, so melting snow and ice can flow freely. Blockages can result in internal water problems to ceilings and walls, as well as running a risk of damaging exterior painted surfaces and the development of dangerous ice patches on walkways. Drain spouts should face away from your home ideally, projecting water five feet away from the home’s foundation. “Safety is an important issue for you and others walking near your property during the winter months,” Didier says. “Trim trees and remove dead branches that can become weak from ice and snow build-up-possibly damaging your home or car, or injuring passersby.” He also suggests repairs to faulty steps and handrails in front of your home to avoid injury. Inspect your home for cracks

Your Home to Avoid Unnecessary Damage or holes in outside walls and foundations. Use caulking to protect water pipes and make sure that skylights and other roof openings have proper weather stripping to prevent snow melt from seeping in.

Interior winter maintenance

Check your water pipes for cracks and leaks and have them repaired immediately. Wrap exposed pipes with heating tape to keep them from freezing. Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system as an added protection against freezing pipes. The valve helps lessens pressure caused by freezing pipes and reduces chance of pipes bursting. “If you’re concerned about your pipes freezing, learn how to shut the water off and know where your pipes are located,” Didier says. “If your pipes freeze, time is of the essence-the faster you can shut off the water or direct your plumber to the problem, the more chance you have to prevent pipes from bursting.” Make sure your attics, basements and crawl spaces are adequately insulated and well-ventilated. Look for signs of moisture or surface discoloration. Under-insulating results in escaped heat that melts ice and snow on the roof. Water then refreezes, causing more snow and ice to build up resulting in a collapsed roof or ice damming. “Ideally, the attic should be five to ten degrees warmer than the outside air,” Didier says. “Well-insulated basements and crawl spaces will help keep the heat from

melting snow.” Insulation also helps protect pipes from freezing as well. Check to see that your smoke and fire alarms are working properly and service your heating systems annually. Also, NARI is offering tips to maximize heat this winter: l Decrease drafts in the home by testing windows and doors for air leaks and sealing them with caulk or weather stripping. l Install storm windows or plastic sheeting over singlepane windows or if a homeowner is considering a replacement, try specially coated double-pane windows designed to reflect heat back into the room. l Clean or replace the air filter to maximize the efficiency of the heating system. Clean out ducts, warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators too. l Insulate ducts running through attics, crawl spaces and garages. Check for separation, holes and leaks and seal them. l Seal the fireplace by keeping dampers closed when the fireplace is not in use. Or install glass doors to fit inside the opening when burning out the fire. Before making a repair yourself, each homeowner should first check to see if any products installed in the home are covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. This may be the case in relatively new homes or those that have undergone recent renovations. Many manufacturers will not honor warranties if amateur repairs have been attempted. Courtesy of the Home Improvement Research Institute

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lectric heaters utilize electricity in order for them to function. They come in different kinds, electric wall heater, panel heater and bathroom electric heater. Widely used for heating properties during the cold months, these types of heaters are found to be highly efficient and safe to use. Since they do not use any combustion fuels, they are also considered to be environmentally friendly. These types of heaters are available in fixed and portable styles. Non electric heaters are those that use other forms of energy to make them work. They are deemed more appropriate for outdoor use such as in the patio or in the garden

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Whether you want to heat a whole room or just a small part of the room, you can find a panel heater that will meet your requirements. These are heaters that come in forced air systems using electricity, infrared systems or natural gas forced air systems. The decision regarding which one to choose should be made after looking at your budget and the costs of using each kind of heater.

Some of these panel heaters are small enough to be moved around and plugged into any electrical socket and are great as space heaters, perfect for a room that is too cold and needs to be warmed up. But these wouldn’t be as effective in a large room, so for that you should consider a natural gas line heater or one that uses propane. The best thing about panel heaters is that you can set a timer for how long you want it to heat the room. You can also change the temperature, thus saving power at times when you don’t need the heating as much. These can be used anywhere in the house and, since they come in different sizes, can be very affordable. Panel heaters, however, do require a bit more maintenance than other kinds. They have to be cleaned once a year, which you should get done by a professional.

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Electric wall heaters have high voltage electricity running through them, which when run through a resistor, converts the energy to heat. The metal that is wrapped around the resistor heats the area the heater is in. These heaters use convection which means they warm the air next to them first and as this air moves upwards, the new air that comes into the heater gets warmed. When opting for an electric wall heater, you should choose one that has no open coil but instead has a tubular, finned tubular or plate finned elements. Make sure that its lubrication is also permanent and the motor is totally enclosed for safety. It should also have a power coated finish, a disconnect switch and a fan delay where heating up the entire room is done efficiently. These are extremely portable and can be picked up at any time and taken to a different room when needed.

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Bathroom heaters can be an absolute necessity since bathrooms tend to get very cold in the winters. You can get a wall mounted heater for your bathroom for the most efficient use of space. Radiant electric bathroom heaters are very common and are especially made for use in the bathroom. They come in a variety of styles and sizes so they can be fitted into any bathroom. You can also opt for a regular overhead heater in your bathroom if you want. Bathroom heaters not only heat the bathroom but will also reduce humidity. This reduces the amount of mould that is that is able to grow in the tiles. Mildew is also reduced because of this lack of humidity. OurTown

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rinity Chapel Academy (TCA) is a private Christian school located in Powder Springs, Georgia. TCA currently serves students from Cobb, Paulding and Douglas counties in grades K5 – 12. They are in their 14th year of providing the community with a school that raises the standard of education.

All students at TCA are offered a strong curriculum that is taught by excellent, loving, and state-certified teachers. Teachers use a variety of textbooks and teaching methods to create an environment that promotes life-long learning. TCA participates in the Apple Mac Book 1:1 program. All students in grades 6th through 12th are issued a Mac book laptop for daily classroom and home use. In addition to having online access to textbooks, students are building their electronic portfolios and learning valuable technology skills.


Accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC), TCA strives to provide excellence in education with a Kingdom focus. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of elective classes including physical education, computer science, art, music, Spanish, French, drama, daily Bible instruction and weekly chapel services. TCA also competes interscholastically in baseball, boys and girls soccer, cross-country, cheerleading, volleyball, and boys and girls basketball. TCA is a school on the move. It is constantly growing and looking for ways to expand. As enrollment grows, programs will be added and built upon. God’s hand is upon this school; He has caused the growth and will continue to do so. Applications are available online and will be accepted on or after February 6, 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year. For more information, please visit or call 678-831-1062 to schedule a personal tour. There are several upcoming Open Houses scheduled for January 10th, February 28th, and March 27th, all beginning at 7:00 pm. Trinity Chapel Academy is located at 4665 Macland Road in Powder Springs.

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What Your Credit Report is Used For By Steve Dowell


our credit report includes years of information about you and your financial habits. Many companies realize the value of this information and they pay the credit bureaus to be able to access this data. Here are some of the things your credit report is used for. Any company that pulls your credit report must have permissible purpose, but the law doesn’t exactly outline what’s considered a “permissible purpose.” To send you promotional credit card offers Unless you’ve opted-out of promotional offers, credit card companies will access your credit report and use the information to decide which promotional offers you qualify for; if you’ve ever wondered why you get so much credit card junk mail, that’s why. Here’s a tip, you can use these offers to gauge what creditors think of your credit standing. If you’re getting good offers, it’s a sign your credit is improving. To locate you for debt collection purposes Debt collection agencies use your credit report to figure out how they can collect a debt from you. Your credit report gives them access to your most recent contact and employment information. So even if you’ve moved around since you first created that debt, the collector will still find you. Debt collectors even use your credit report information to bully you into paying the debt. If they see that you’re current on other payments, they’ll ask why you can’t pay them too. To give you an insurance rate Your credit report is used to generate an insurance score which insurance providers use to assign your insurance rate. Negative information on your credit report can result in a higher insurance premium, even if you have a spotless driving record. The reason is that insurance companies have found a correlation between credit history and claims filing. To report your child support payment status In some locales, child support enforcement agencies report your payment status to the credit bureaus. Some agencies only report arrearages and others report payment status whether you’re on time or not. If your child support enforcement agency reports your child support tradeline, everyone who pulls your credit report will know that you have this monthly obligation. To screen you for employment or volunteer position Some employers and even volunteer organizations use credit reports to as part of their background check. They use the information on your credit report sometimes to verify your identity and to make sure that you’re a good fit for the position. The employment report doesn’t include your credit score. The check won’t be a surprise since employers have to get your written permission before they can check your credit report. To qualify you for credit cards and loans and to assign your interest rate Of course, the most obvious way your credit report is used is when you put in an application for a credit card or loan. The bank will use your credit report to decide which product you qualify for and to assign your interest rate. Fortunately, you also have the right to view your credit report, which gives you the chance to see if there’s any negative information that would keep you from getting the most favorable terms. Review your credit report at least once a year so you know where you stand.

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - East Paulding High School Theatre January 26; Thursday 12noon; School Shows Only January 14-15; Friday 7pm and Saturday 3pm – Public Shows TEACHERS reserve your seats now! The final count and final payment deadline is January 13. Tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults. Teachers-FREE. Visit or contact Grant Brown at for more info. 51ST ANNUAL PAULDING CHAMBER AWARDS CELEBRATION January 26; Thursday 6pm - 9pm Special Guest - Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host, Neal Boortz. Cocktail Attire. Individual Tickets are $125.00. Event will be held at the Paulding County Community Center located at 54 Industrial Way North in Dallas. Contact the Chamber for more information visit or call 770-4456016 PAULDING CHAMBER - GEORGIA POWER LUNCHEON Paulding County Senior Community Center February 2; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote speaker Georgia Dept. of Labor Commissioner Mr. Mark Butler. ($20/ members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). To register or for more information visit or call 770-445-6016 Reckless Dawn in Concert - Dallas Theater and Civic Center February 4; Saturday 8pm Our 2011 Battle of the Bands winner, Reckless Dawn, takes the stage for one night only! Tickets are $10, general admission seating. Kids 10 and under - FREE! Purchase tickets online through or at the theater box office. 15th ANNUAL SISTERS IN CHRIST WOMEN’S CONFERENCE February 19; Saturday 8am to 4pm - Mount Holly Church in Carrollton Join women from all over West Atlanta for a day of fun, praise, fellowship and sharing at the 15th annual Sisters in Christ Women’s Conference. Special guest speakers include Liz Curtis Higgs – Bad Girls of the Bible and Babbie Mason. Host church located at 4685 N. Hwy. 27, Carrollton, GA 30117 (half a mile south of I-20, Exit 11 Bremen). Doors open at 8am. No cost for conference, but please pre-register online to receive Conference Package. Lunch not provided. For more info, visit or call (770) 562-9668.

MCEACHERN MEMORIAL MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)* Support group for moms with children ages birth to kindergarten. First meeting - FREE; nursery provided. Mtgs are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month during the school year (except January and April - mtgs are the 2nd and 4th Thursday), from 9:30am to 11:30am at Oaks Hall - McEachern Memorial UMC, 4075 Macland Rd, Powder Springs. Call 770-943-3008 ext. 1260 or visit WINTER PROGRAMS – Paulding Parks & Recreation Paulding County Parks and Rec offers many different programs and events. For a complete list of programs and deadlines call 770-222-3270 or visit __________________________________________________________________________ ***Email events to, Deadline is the 10th of the month. SPACE IS LIMITED! Put Calendar Event in the subject line. RESTRICTIONS APPLY.

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Katharina gets most of her creative inspiraKatharina’s Winning Cake tion from collaborating with her clients, although she always sees potential cake designs everywhere….on fabrics, ceramics, wallpaper, and paintings. One particular cake she is hoping to create is that of a barn owl. That may sound unusual, but Katharina is amazed at the intricate patterns in a barn owl’s wings.

Because all the cakes Katharina has designed and created are unique and have a story of their own, they all mean something to her. She loves when people get excited when they see their cake, and some of her favorite designs are the ones that have received the biggest reactions. Katharina says, “If I make a bride so happy that she cries, or if I make a child jump up and down with excitement, that’s a home run for me. There are so many great moments”.

Katharina’s ultimate goal is to continue to improve her skills. She is working on opening her own shop here in Paulding, beginning with a Kickstarter campaign she plans to launch early this year. She also enjoys teaching the art of pastry and eventually wants to teach classes as well. Christine and step-father Bill Slaughter are very proud of Katharina’s accomplishments. She has their undying love and full support. In addition to being a cake artist, Katharina is very talented at being a caricature artist. She also loves to research and learn new things. If she wasn’t a “cake girl”, she would be studying language or library science.

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Her winning cake is a beautiful piece of art and design. ‘Pastry Live’ describes her win: “Katharina’s tasting cake followed through with her overall design theme, as the lychee mousse cake layered with grapefruit pâte de fruit and white chocolate feuilletine, reflected light, summary and floral flavors. Through her workmanship and artistic skills, Katharina presented a beautiful display cake which expressed her talents to the judges and earned her first place in the competition”.



lava and Sarah Slavik are originally from Brno, in the Czech Republic. They have been happily married for 15 years and have two children, Katie and John. In May of 2004, they moved their family to Paulding County wanting new challenges and better opportunities for their children. It was here that Slava and Sarah realized their dream by opening their own wedding and portrait studio – Slava Slavik Photography. Prior to discovering his passion for photography, Slava was the CEO for a digital photography software company in Central Europe. Sarah worked in the graphic design industry creating cards and brochures, doing magazine and book layout, and creative ad design. Together, they began doing wedding portraits for family and friends. It brought them great joy and it was then they discovered their desire to have their own studio. After coming to the United States, Slava was able to work with some of the finest photographers in Georgia. He developed great technical skills, and along with his own personal warmth and creative eye, he is able to capture people in unique and creative ways.

Today, Slava Slavik Photography is dedicated to giving you beautiful portraits and a memorable experience. They specialize in romantic wedding photography and contemporary indoor and outdoor portraits of engaged couples, families, children newborns and executives. Slava and Sarah draw on their European heritage to offer their clients a different approach that combines a clean fresh look with traditional Southern attitude. They photograph on location or in their studio in Kennesaw. To see their work, visit their website or contact them at 404-323-1153.

We are honored to have Katharina on our first cover of the New Year! If you would like Katharina to create a work of art in cake for your special occasion, email her at katharina.craine@gmail. com. *Special thanks to Christina Dunlap of LaBella Day Spa of Dallas for Katharina’s hair and make up. Also, we express our sincere appreciation to our friend, Pat McLeroy of Maximum One Realty and Cathy Peppers of Traton Homes. They made is possible to shoot in the model home at Rosewood Park subdivision. A beautiful home; perfect for photographing a beautifully talented girl.


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abitat for Humanity is not a charity. Habitat is an economic and community development organization committed to achieving community transformation by providing decent and affordable homes to hard-working families. Habitat is able to create a lasting, generational impact by bringing together businesses, churches, government, volunteers and families in need.

Each Habitat home is SOLD, not given away. Working families are selected to partner with NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity on the basis of their annual family income, depending on family size and their demonstrated need for affordable housing. After an extensive qualification process, the families must complete 300 hours of “sweat equity,” purchase the home for the “cost of construction” through a 25-year interest-free mortgage, and make principal, property insurance and tax payments totaling approximately $550 per month. Partner families must continue an ongoing relationship with NW Atlanta Habitat and agree to abide by specific post-closing restrictive covenants that continue throughout the 25-year mortgage. Habitat is very new to Paulding. The Paulding County Habitat Coalition worked with the NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity this summer to complete Paulding’s very first build. This Paulding family of five has now moved out of a rented house that was becoming unlivable, and is safe in a home built by the dedicated Paulding County sponsors.

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In order to help Habitat grow in Paulding County, relationships must be built first. It will take sponsorships to be able to renovate more homes. Sponsors supply both the financial resources to purchase building materials and the volunteer labor to build Habitat houses. Sponsorships can be comprised of a combination of churches, schools, companies, individuals and other organizations. It takes six days to renovate one home. For Paulding’s first project, Ragsdale Heating and Air was the lead sponsor and responsible for funding, organizing, and managing the work teams. It was important to the Ragsdale Team to invest in our community through Habitat. Through their participation, it helped them get back to the core of ‘WHY” they started their business in the first place - TO SERVE, but they got so much more of a blessing out it, than what they put in. From a company perspective, it allows employees to serve together in a different capacity, to build relationships with people who want to change their lives with a hand “UP”, and to impact the community by keeping the revenue in Paulding. There are already plans to renovate another home in Paulding County. This time the Coalition will renovate a foreclosed home. This renovation will begin on the first Saturday in May and will take six Saturdays to complete. The 2012 Habitat home will honor various denominations; however, their efforts will ultimately honor the unity of one faith under Christ for one family in need of housing in Paulding County. So far the following churches and companies have committed to funding this new renovation: Ben Hill Roofing, Inc., Dallas First United Methodist Church, KL Installation & Sons, Inc., Floor It, NorthStar Church, Ragsdale Heating and Air, and West Ridge Church.

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To make a donation towards this renovation, please mail a payment to NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 2211, Douglasville, GA 30133. Please reference the donation is for the Paulding County Habitat Coalition; if given to help sponsor a certain church in this coalition please notate. If you or someone you know is interested in home ownership or if you would like more information on this program, visit or contact Tamara L. Wilhite, Director of Douglas & Paulding Counties, NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity at 770-489-8883 or

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hroughout history, millions of vacations have gone awry for a number of reasons. Naturally, some events cannot be stopped by any measure of good planning, but more common travel mistakes, like busted trip budgets or overpriced flights, are easily avoided if you plan right. After talking to a multitude of well-traveled friends and customers, and communicating with a host of people through travel forums, I’ve concluded that there are five alltoo-common trip planning mistakes made by even seasoned travelers.

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Even travelers who carefully draw up a budget before their trip can end up with financial plans slaughtered by pesky little fees. Make sure you know what is included both before your arrival and during your stay. Even if you’re planning for an all-inclusive vacation, be sure to leave room for extras such as international entrance fees, airport transfers, ATM fees, internet charges, calling cards or batteries for your camera. By planning these into your expenses early, the less likely they will annoy you when they occur.


Choosing set dates for your trip, with no flexibility built in, is a surefire way to pay too much for your flight. You can save hundreds of dollars on airfare by pushing your travel dates around by just a few days or even hours. I searched for a nonstop flight from Atlanta to Richmond departing during the week of Thanksgiving and found that flights departing at 8:45 AM were $150 less per person than flights departing at 10:30 AM on the same day. Whether its weekday specials or low off-season rates, a bounty of airline and hotel bargains exists for the traveler who’s willing to move his or her travel dates around.

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When you’re spending big bucks on a vacation that you’ve been waiting for all year, I don’t blame you for wanting to see and do it all, but the reality is, your experience will be much more stressful if you try to cram too much into your schedule. Figure out what you want your vacation experience to be and choose several activities to accomplish that. However, be sure to leave some space for spontaneous adventure. You could come across a fantastic deserted beach or undiscovered locals-only cafe that completes your dream vacation and captures the authenticity of the area.


I have to admit, there’s nothing like finding a great deal, travel deals included. But, as with most things in life, one can take the deals thing too far. Travel deals often work against the consumer, and this is exactly how some self service online travel booking sites can afford to offer certain types of promotions. For example, many travelers will tell their travel agents about a “better deal” they found on online. After being told that their online vacation package price includes multiple flight layovers, sitting apart from their wife and kids, and arriving late enough to miss out on a full day of fun, they realize that they are actually comparing apples to oranges. Travel agents get paid from the suppliers, not their customers, so don’t miss out on their free expertise.


Are you booking the same old hotel at the same old beach doing the same old thing year after year because of frequent flier miles or hotel rewards programs? If you’re looking for the best deals and different experiences, you need to shop around. Keep in mind that travel agents are a great option to make your travel planning easier. They have resources that the independent traveler doesn’t have access to. Not to mention, it can take hours surfing and researching on the internet. So make it easy on yourself and work with an agent who can take care of the details and search for the best deal for you. Precious White is Co-Owner/Manager of FoRP Travel, a Villa Rica based travel company. To book a vacation, visit or contact FoRP Travel at 770.459.7055 (24HR message service) or email

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ou just got a new puppy for Christmas and want to get started on training him. This is important to do early in your dog’s life, in order to shape his personality and responsiveness. Here are a few suggestions and tricks for training your puppy quickly and successfully.

Any behavioral problems that crop up suddenly warrant a visit to your veterinarian to rule out health conditions. Some health conditions or even pain can cause animals to lash out or act out of their element. They are unable to tell us what’s wrong, so this is their way of letting us know they need extra attention. Never punish or discipline your puppy after the fact. If you have found where he urinated on the carpet earlier in the day, punishing him later will not help. Dogs cannot reason and have very short term memories, so they will not associate the earlier accident with the punishment at hand.

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One tip to keep in mind when training your puppy is to never play tug-of-war style games with it. This only enforces aggressive behavior - something that you rarely wish to bring out in your dog. This can involve anything from pulling on a bone in your dog’s mouth to playing with a toy. You also run the risk of injuring your dog with excessive force, remember he is just a baby. Choose a consistent command or sound to use when training your puppy not to bark. Make sure everyone in the household knows the command or sound to use and applies it consistently. Dogs learn better with consistency and when everyone in the dog’s household gives a consistent message, unwanted barking can be eliminated faster. To prevent any mess in your house, you can install a doggy toilet. Once your dog knows that it has to go outside the house, use the same command you used to make it understand that outside is a good place to go in association with the doggy toilet. The dog, man’s best friend. We’ve all probably found ourselves owning a dog at some point, but perhaps weren’t the one responsible for training it. One of the keys to training a dog is consistency. You have to reward it all the time for good behavior, and punish it each time for bad behavior. For example if you are potty training and your dog uses the pad, reward him with a treat each time to reinforce the behavior. Timing is crucial when training your puppy, and rewards must be given properly. Dogs have very short attention spans, and waiting too long to reward a good behavior or punish a bad one will end up doing more harm than good. For example, when training a dog to “quiet” when barking, rewarding too soon after the barking will serve to reinforce the barking instead of the stopping. When you give the “quiet” command, wait a second or two, and then treat and praise, ensuring your dog knows that it’s the calm behavior that is being rewarded. If you are having problems with training, then you should look at your training routine. Dogs are much more susceptible to learning if you have a solid routine. All you have to do is keep repeating the commands you want them to learn repeatedly and eventually they will pick it up. Leaving you with a dog that is much easier to enjoy having. Taking the time to properly train your dog will allow you to relax and have fun with your pet. Right now, you may feel like your dog will never behave, but if you stick to your training, it won’t take long for you to see impressive results, and know that your dog training has been successful.

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“Delta Society is a great resource for all things related to animals helping people. Did you know that animals like dogs, cats, miniature horses, guinea pigs, dolphins and even llamas have therapeutic effects on people? Do you remember being at an age where you were closer to your pet than any other member of your family? When the non-judgmental behavior of your pet made you feel special and bonded? If you do remember that feeling of closeness, you probably already know how great pets can be ...”


For more information on Delta Pet Partners see their web site Spike is a Southeast rescued llama. His owner is the Southeast Llama Rescue Coordinator. For more information on Southeast Llama Rescues visit their site rescueresources.html. Spike has been in the Atlanta Christmas Parade, the Fairburn Parade, and PAWS in the park parade to name just a few of his appearances. Recently he went to the opening of a local Christian Children’s School. He was in his Send us a Photo “Blues Brothers”costumes at the of Your Precious Pet! Email as Fairburn and PAWS in the park parade in Blue Ridge. We are hoping to “Pet of the Month” enrich others lives through the Delta Pet Partner experience and spread with Short Bio to the word about llama rescue.


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e’ve all seen the commercial for Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup with the snowman melting into a little boy. The happiness on his face, says “comfort.” Soup is listed as the #1 choice for Comfort Foods, which isn’t really surprising. Is there anything better than a nice hot bowl of soup or stew to make a person feel better on a cold day? The warmth from the delicious coup is so comforting and we all love it.

Mushroom Barley Soup - Serves 6

1 cup barley 3 cups water 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, chopped 1 carrot, thinly sliced 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced 2 (10 ounce) packages sliced mushrooms 5 cups beef broth 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Bring the barley and water to a boil in a saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, or until tender. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stir in the onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until the onion are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, and cook 5 minutes more. Next, pour in beef broth, and bring soup to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and continue simmering 15 minutes. Stir in barley, and season with salt and pepper before serving.

Unstuffed Pepper Soup Recipe Serves 10

1-1/2 pounds ground beef 3 large green peppers, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained 1-1/2 cups cooked rice In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, cook the beef, green peppers and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the broth, soup, tomatoes and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add rice and heat through.

Potato Soup - Serves 10 to 12

4 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided 2 tsp Salt 1 Cup Onions – Chopped 1 tsp Black Pepper 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic 8 oz. Reduced Fat 6-8 Small to Medium Potatoes Sour Cream 2/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour 7 slices of Bacon 4 Cups of 1% Milk 2 Cups Reduced Fat Chicken Stock 1/2 Cup Fat Free Half & Half or Heavy Whipping Cream (optional) 1  Cup Shredded Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese Cube bacon and fry until crispy, then remove grease with a paper towel. Peel, cube and boil potatoes until soft. Coarsely mash the cooked potatoes and set aside. In a large pot or Dutch oven, sauté 2 Tbsp olive oil, onions and garlic until soft. Incorporate 2 Tbsp of olive oil and the flour into the vegetables until the flour sticks to vegetables. Gradually add in milk, whisking continuously until the flour and the milk are blended. Continue whisking, and add chicken stock and half & half. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Add mashed potatoes, cheese, salt and pepper, stir until cheese is melts. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (Do not boil). Serve with extra cheese, sour cream and bacon. For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 •  Our Town

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